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Peter Stevens Melbourne - What a disgrace
Wanted to share a recent experience I had with Peter Stevens Workshop in Melbourne.
I am going to Tassie in a couple of weeks, and knew that I needed to get my chain and sprocket done. I dont have a stand for the bike and so i decided to bite the bullet and pay for it to be done 'professionally'.
When i dropped off the bike they tried to sell me a brake fluid flush and coolant flush, to which i said no because i dont have the money. I also asked them about a noise / rattle i was hearing at about 5500 to 6000 rpm.
While the bike was with them i got several telephone calls telling me the bike was bordering dangerous because the brake fluid needed doing and that the coolant was like mud and needed doing badly. I didnt have the money so I declined. They also told me that they would need to take the sump off and the clutch plate off and charge me $200 labour for the pleasure, because their technician was confident it was something in the engine making the noise. Luckily I declined that too.
When i picked up the bike, i asked if it could possibly be the CCT - a common problem i had read about on 600rr.net. They responded by laughing, saying 'dont trust anything you read on the internet - especially forums'. And that 'Their head technician who has been working on bikes for 20 years and is the best technician in australia' - QUOTE - ' And he reckons its not the cct and that he would need to pull the engine apart to inspect further.'
Paying my $500 for chain and sprocket it walked out worried about my bike.
Over the next few days I started playing with my bike. Pulling fairings off, flushing radiators, doing oil changes etc etc. I realised that the noise sounded like it was definetly coming from the CCT.
I changed this too, and sure enough the bike is running like a dream (Thanks very much Nico BTW)
Sorry to blabber, but I really wanted to let people know that 'Probably the best technician in Australia' is perhaps not quite the best!
Anyone read ZEN and the art of motorcycle maintenance? Think its time for me to read it again!